Kerry Wood for... Broadcaster?

The Boers and Bernstein Show on 670 The Score this afternoon citied a source in the Cubs organization, and reported that another reason for Kerry Wood’s amazing home town discount agreement with the Cubs was because of an opportunity for a broadcasting position in the tv or radio booth once Wood decided it was time to hang up the cleats. As you may recall, Wood and Hendry originally hooked up this offseason at the wake for Ron Santo. The discussions reportedly gained steamed at a pizza joint where Ryan Dempster was hosting a charity fund raiser. Before you knew it, Wood was being introduced at a press conference to welcome his return home.

The Score report explains that the source said Wood was amazed by the Cub fan out pouring over Santo’s passing. With Wood having a mutual relationship with both the Cubs organization and the fans, the report is that he realized that a broadcasting career would be a great opportunity to maintain those two close relationships. The radio host speculated that Wood is well aware of his injury history, and at his age, may begin to prepare for life after his playing days. It is safe to say that Santo’s time as the radio color commentator only built upon the Cub legendary status he built as an All Star third baseman, and Wood would be enticed to follow down that path while being able to keep his family in Chicago.

Obviously the Cubs need to fill the void left by Santo immediately for the 2010 season, and Wood would not be that candidate as he is preparing to pitch in 2010. This could put the commentator that his hired for 2010 and the near future in a uncomfortable spot.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Cubs are denying this report, but Bernstein has clarified that the agreement is not in contract language as that would not be allowed by MLB.

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  • Jordan Campbell

    Here is a story by Bruce Levine…

    which essentially confirms B b’ B’s report.

    One thing to note, David Kaplan asked Kerry Wood about broadcasting, and Wood laughed it off and said he would never do that

    • joehan

      Thanks for another source Jordan.

      For what its worth, Bernstein continued to defend his sources before his show was ending. He believes the Cubs would have to publically deny this report, as well as Wood, because it would hurt their chances of hiring the color commentator for 2010 and the near future.

      I am not saying I don’t believe Bernstein. I’m just passing along all the info I can and looking forward to discussing with you fellow Cub fans on this possibility.

      This discussion would include other possible job opportunities within the Cubs organization that Wood could fill, such as a team ambassador (like Ernie Banks and Billy Williams currently) or Spring Training assistant instructor to maybe a coaching position or front office advisory gig.

    • Luke Blaize

      This makes a lot of sense. Three man radio teams can work very well, and I can see Hughes, Otto and Wood (for example) doing quite well in a few years. Then again, Hughes, Elmo, and Cartman would do well. But that’s besides the point.

      On the TV side I can see it being trickier to run a three man team, but several national broadcasts work that way.

  • dan0mite

    I thought the hiring for the radio gig was done through WGN and not the Cubs.

    • Jordan Campbell

      both the Cubs and WGN take part of the interviewing process,